Bill Cosby Responds After Being Hit With Sexual Assault Retrial

Bill Cosby is facing a new lawsuit from former Playboy model Victoria Valentino, who claims the comedian drugged and sexually assaulted her in 1969.

Valentino, 80, sued Cosby Thursday in Los Angeles under a California law that temporarily lifted the statute of limitations in sexual assault cases.

In the lawsuit obtained by NBC News, Valentino said he met Cosby, now 85, in 1969 while auditioning for an acting role.

She later met the comedian while dating her roommate. The three had dinner and the TV star offered the two women pills to make them “all feel better”, the lawsuit says.

Valentino says she ingested one pill followed by a second which Cosby put in her mouth. The documents indicate that the actress also gave her friend a pill.

The lawsuit says Cosby took the two women to an office, where both became unconscious. Valentino says she stood up and her legs collapsed under her. She alleges that Cosby then raped her.

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She seeks unspecified damages in the civil lawsuit.

Andrew Wyatt, spokesman for Cosby, accused Valentino in a statement Thursday of having “no evidence or facts.”

“Which cemetery can Mr. Cosby visit, in order to dig up potential witnesses to testify on his behalf?” Wyatt said. “America continues to see this as a formula to ensure that no more black men in America hoard the American dream that was secured by Mr. Cosby.”

A Pennsylvania jury found Cosby guilty on April 26, 2018, of drugging and sexually assaulting former Temple University employee Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia mansion in 2004.

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court overturned the conviction in June 2021, citing prosecutorial misconduct, and the comedian was released from prison.

In June 2022, Cosby was convicted in Santa Monica, California of sexually assaulting Judy Huth at the Playboy Mansion as a teenager in the 1970s. Jurors in the civil case awarded Huth 500,000 $ damages.

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